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December 21, 2017

Los Angeles Times: Sen. Dianne Feinstein is under pressure over a fix for ‘Dreamers’

BY Sarah Wire

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is under pressure from activists and fellow Democrats to withhold support for a spending bill that would avert a government shutdown in exchange for protections for people brought to the country illegally as children.

Feinstein said in October that protections for so-called Dreamers are “the most important thing we can get done,” but the senator known for her moderate bent said this week that she won’t try to block the end-of-the-year spending bill over it, and has not offered an explanation. …

Rep. Nanette Barragán of San Pedro, whose cousin is among the Dreamers anxiously waiting a resolution, said she called Feinstein Wednesday to urge her to help block the spending bill.

“This is an opportunity right now to make Republicans come to the table. They shouldn’t need our votes, and frankly in the Senate they do and this is an opportunity to get those protections that they keep telling us they want for Dreamers as well,” Barragán said. “I hope that she would stand with the Dreamers on this issue. It’s a critical time.” READ MORE